Gears of War 3 ReviewOctober 14, 2011
The Gears of War universe has been in the media spotlight since the first game introduced us to the world of Sera, and for good reason. The series is unparalleled in gory, insane, cover-based fun. With the release of Gears of War 3, Epic Games seeks to close out the trilogy in a huge way. Do they succeed? Or has Delta Squad run out of steam?
The first noticeable improvement in the game is the visuals. Epic is really pushing the limits of what the Unreal Engine can do here. The lighting effects, character models, and weapon details all look fantastic. Beyond this, there are no huge changes. Where the game really stands out from the first two installments lies in the small tweaks that have been made to the gameplay. You wouldn’t think that such minor changes as the ability to kick enemies while vaulting over cover, being able to buy fences and turrets in horde mode, and having the weapons able to counter the gnasher shotgun would make a large difference in the game. But they do.
As well as making minor gameplay tweaks and adding a slew of new weapons, a brand new gametype has been added to Gears 3: Beast Mode. This game puts players in control of various Locust enemies, with the objective of hunting down and killing a group of humans before time runs out. The accumulation of points allows players to purchase higher tiers of Locust and become a more effective killing machine. This gametype is highly addictive and loads of fun if you can get some of your friends together to play with you. The campaign, as always, is great. Although still retaining the corny story and voice acting of the previous games, the fast-paced action and spectacular set pieces return as well, and better than ever.
Needless to say, Gears of War 3 is a big, brutal, highly rewarding thrill ride. Epic Games has pulled out all the stops and delivered a satisfying conclusion to the Gears trilogy. If you enjoyed the previous 2 games, you should most definitely pick this one up. Tight gameplay, amazing scenery, addictive multiplayer, and the always alluring sound of a Lancer bayonet will have you enlisted in the COG army for some time to come.
[easyreview title=”Gears of War 3 Score” cat1title=”Graphics” cat1detail=”The lighting effects, beautiful backdrops, and gorgeous character models make this the best-looking Gears yet. Some texture pop-ins and framerate drops are noticeable, but don’t happen enough to detract from the overall beauty of the game.” cat1rating=”4.5″ cat2title=”Sound” cat2detail=”The music in the game gives your actions a sense of meaning, from powerful electronic rock to orchestral scores. The FX sounds are nice, but the voice acting is corny as always.” cat2rating=”4.0″ cat3title=”Gameplay” cat3detail=”Epic has refined the stop-and-pop gameplay of the Gears trilogy, and polished it to a mirror shine. It doesn’t get much better than this.” cat3rating=”5.0″ summary=”Gears of War 3 is the new golden standard in the 3rd person shooter genre, and anyone who is a fan will be sure to have a blast with it. “]